WL Lists: Balls & Galas Directory 2019-2020

The National Portrait Gallery’s American Portrait Gala | November 17 | Randi Levine, Susanna Quinn and Kristin Cecchi | Photographed at the National Portrait Gallery | Makeup by Carola Myers

SEPTEMBER 2019

9/06 Allison Gala
The Cause: The event helps fund research for the Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation.
Details: Four Seasons Hotel, Washington; 7:00 p.m.; black-tie optional; $150; sponsorships start at $2,000; visit tnbcfoundation.org/support-us/allison-gala.

9/10 National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s Ambassadors Ball
Event Chairs: Susan J. Pompeo and Jill Cooper Udall; Italian Amb. Armando Varricchio and Micaela Varricchio (Honorary)
The Cause: The annual Ambassadors Ball honors the Washington Diplomatic Corps and members of Congress for their many contributions to charitable and humanitarian efforts. Proceeds support the treatment, research and other programs for patients or families affected by multiple sclerosis.
Details: The Anthem; 6:00 p.m.; black-tie optional; $600; sponsorships start at $5,000; contact (202) 375-5620, Ambassadorsball@nmss.org.

9/14 2019 Wolf Trap Ball
Event Chairs: Patrick and Annie Pacious, Srikant Sastry and Manjula Pindiprolu; Singapore Ambassador Ashok Mirpuri and Gouri Mirpuri (Honorary)
The Cause: Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, a non-profit organization that provides arts and education programs to nearly 500,000 people of all ages locally and across the country every year.
Details: On the Filene Center stage at Wolf Trap National Park; 7:00 p.m.; black-tie; $1,000; sponsorships start at $10,000; visit wolftrap.org/Ball or contact events@wolftrap.org.

9/16- 9/17 Armenian Assembly of America
The Cause: Armenian Assembly of America’s National Advocacy Conference and Gala will take place in Washington, D.C. for two days, which will include the Conference, Gala honoring Armenian American Congresswoman Jackie Speier, Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill, and a Congressional Reception celebrating U.S.-Armenia relations.
Details: The Wharf Intercontinental Hotel; $125; contact info@aaainc.org

9/17 Museum of the Bible’s Couture Luncheon and Fashion Show
The Cause: Proceeds benefit Museum of the Bible’s mission to invite all people to engage with the Bible.
Details: Museum of the Bible; 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.; $200; contact Kate Chambers Kate.Chambers@mbible.org.

9/18 Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute’s ‘Angels in Adoption’ Gala
The Cause: The Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute’s program promotes and supports adoption agencies and child welfare programs.
Details: Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center; 6:30 p.m.; business or cocktail attire; $250; contact (202) 544-8500, info@ccainstitute.org.

National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s Ambassador’s Ball | September 10 | Yoko Sugiyama, 2018 Honorary Chair and Susan J. Pompeo, 2019 Chair | Photographed at The Falls/ TTR Sotheby’s International Realty | Touch-ups by Carola Myers Makeup & Hair Artists

9/18 National Hispanic Foundation Noche de Gala
The Cause: The National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts hosts the event to encourage the presence of Latinos in the community and media platforms by supporting them through the arts.
Details: Mayflower Hotel; 6:30 p.m.; black-tie; $250; sponsorships start at $5,000; contact (202) 293-8330.

9/19 Government Executive Media Group’s Inaugural Government Hall of Fame Gala
The Cause: The Theodore Roosevelt Government Leadership Awards (The Teddies) will honor a field of distinguished federal officials and industry leaders for outstanding achievement in delivering on government’s promise to serve the American people.
Details: Washington National Cathedral; 7:00 p.m.; contact Brandon Stallings, bstallings@atlanticmedia.com.

9/19 Haymakers for Hope
The Cause: The non-profit raises money for cancer research, care, awareness, and survivorship through charity boxing events in cities across America.
Details: The Anthem; 6:30 p.m.; $80; sponsorships start at $2,500; contact mark@haymakersforhope.org.
Highlight: The inaugural Washington event will feature 30 amateur boxers from the DMV.

9/21 Joan Hisaoka ‘Make a Difference’ Gala
Event Chairs: Bob Hisaoka and Dana Hines
The Cause: In its 12th year the gala dedicates 63 percent of its proceeds to Life With Cancer, the educational, informative, and emotional support program of the Inova Schar Cancer Institute. Life with Cancer provides support for cancer patients and their loved ones. Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, the only independent cancer support center based in Washington D.C., receives 33 percent of all proceeds. Four percent will go to Special Love, which provides support for children with cancer and their families.
Details: The Mandarin Oriental; VIP reception 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., general reception and silent auction at 6:00 p.m., program, dinner and live auction at 7:30 p.m., after party 10:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.; black-tie; $700; sponsorships start at $1,700; contact Susan Hubert (202) 689-1917, hubert@slslaw.com.

9/21 Adoptions Together’s ‘Taste in Potomac’
The Cause: The event brings together community members to raise awareness and funding for children in foster care.
Details: Bethesda North Marriott Hotel; 7:00 p.m.; young professional tickets $175; sponsorships start at $800; contact adoptionstogether.org.
Highlight: Guests will enjoy an evening of auction prizes and fare from Potomac area restaurants.

9/23 March On Washington Film Festival’s Inaugural Awards Gala
The Cause: 2019 March on Washington Film Festival will spotlight women in the Civil Rights Movement and their activism and achievements in sports, politics, business, entertainment, advocacy and scholarship.
Details: National Museum of Women in the Arts; 6:00 p.m.; $350; sponsorships start at $2,500; contact Kendra Rubinfeld (202) 681-1151
Highlights: we will honor the one and only American poet, Nikki Giovanni with a Lifetime Legacy Award and Peggy Wallace Kennedy, Rep. Terri Sewell and Dr. Joyce Ladner with March On Awards. The gala will be graced with a performance from Terri Lyne Carrington and the Social Science Band with guest vocalist Lizz Wright rounding out the special evening.

The Washington Ballet Gala | May 8, 2020 | Sara Lange and Ashley’s Taylor Bronczek | Photographed at The Falls/ TTR Sotheby’s International Realty | Touch-ups by Carola Myers Makeup & Hair Artists

9/25 Boys & Girls Club National Youth of the Year Celebration
The Cause: BGCA helps teens working to accomplish their personal and academic goals and dreams.
Details: National Building Museum; 6:00 p.m.; cocktail attire; $1,000; young patron tickets $475; sponsorships start at $15,000; contact Emily Brown, embrown@bgca.org, (202) 507-6685.

9/27 Meet the Newzdudes
The Cause: In its eighth year NEWZDUDES™ by Men Against Breast Cancer brings together male and female on-air talent from various media affiliates to support the mission of Men Against Breast Cancer.
Details: La Vie Restaurant; 7:00 p.m.; $10; contact Brian J. Silver, brian@menagainstbreastcancer.org.

9/27 St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Golden Gala
The Cause: Proceeds benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to help ensure that families never receive a bill for treatment, travel, housing, or food.
Details: French Embassy; 7:00 p.m.; $100; sponsorships start at $2,500; contact Erin Farrell (703) 650-4504, Erin.Farrell@stjude.org.

9/27 Halcyon Awards
Event Chairs: Gina Adams and Simone Friedman; Australian Amb. Joe Hockey and Melissa Babbage (Diplomatic)
The Cause: The event will celebrate Halcyon, a non-profit organization dedicated to lifting up social entrepreneurs and civic-minded artists. The Halcyon Awards presented at this event honor talented arts icons, successful social entrepreneurs, and public policy visionaries, changemakers and trailblazers who inspire Halcyon and all the emerging creatives with whom they work.
Details: Entertainment and Sports Arena; 6:00 p.m.; $800; sponsorships start at $3,000; contact Andrew Jacobs a.jacobs@halcyonhouse.org.
Highlight: This year’s honorees are Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews (Performer, Bandleader, Producer, Philanthropist); Barbara Boxer (former U.S. Senator) and Seth Goldman (Co-founder & TeaEO Emeritus, Honest Tea).

9/28 Alliance Française of Washington’s Fashion Show: Beyond The Little Black Dress
The Cause: Proceeds support the organization’s cultural programs of bringing high-quality events and artists from France and the francophone world to Washington, D.C.
Details: Embassy of France; 7:00 p.m.; $55; contact Raphaela Kitson-Pantano communications@francedc.org.
Highlight: This year’s theme is “Innovation Meets Tradition.”

9/28 Human Rights Campaign National Dinner
The Cause: The Human Rights Campaign is the leading national organization that fights for LGBTQ rights, education, and programs.
Details: Walter E. Washington Convention Center; 5:00 p.m.; $400; contact HRC events team galadinners@hrc.org.

9/28 National Symphony Orchestra Season-Opening Gala
Event Chairs: Anne K. Altman, Daniel S. Pelino and L. Patrick Chauvin
The Cause: The proceeds from the gala support the NSO’s educational and community engagement programs.
Details: The REACH and Concert Hall at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts; reception 5:30 p.m., concert 7:00 p.m., dinner and dancing 8:30 p.m.; black-tie; ticket packages start at $1,200; sponsorships start at $5,000; contact John Guastello (202) 416-8102.

9/28 Northern Virginia Therapeutic Riding Program’s ‘Ride to Thrive’ Polo Classic
Event Chairs: Sherrie Beckstead and Will Thomas
The Cause: Northern Virginia Therapeutic Riding Program is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of children and adults with disabilities through equine-assisted activities.
Details: Great Meadow, The Plains, Va.; gates open 1:00 p.m., match 3:00 p.m.; summer chic; $85; limited VIP available; sponsorships start at $2,500; contact (703) 764-0269 or visit nvtrp.org/polo-classic.

9/29 Chance for Life Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month Poker Tournament
The Cause: Proceeds will benefit Chance for Life, furthering its pediatric cancer research initiatives and clinical trials.
Details: Union District Oyster Bar & Lounge; 3:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.; $125 for afterparty ticket; $5,000 for a seat in poker game; contact info@chanceforlife.net.

Lombardi Women | April 22, 2020 | Janet Davis and Barbara McDuffie | Photographed at The Falls/ TTR Sotheby’s International Realty

OCTOBER 2019

10/03 Alianta Gala
Event Chair: Lauren Rakolta
The Cause: Alianta is an alliance to help strengthen U.S.-Romanian relations across culture, business and security.
Details: Conrad Hotel; contact Gabriela Sandoz, gabriela.sandoz@gmail.com

10/03 Arthritis Foundation Gala  
The Cause: Arthritis impacts more than 50 million Americans, including 300,000 children, and is the #1 cause of disability. In the Metro D.C. area, more than 2.5 million adults live with arthritis and need our support.the Arthritis Foundation’s Gala in Washington, D.C. invites locals to spend a spectacular evening at the InterContinental at The Wharf to raise
awareness and funds for arthritis.
Details: Intercontinental, The Wharf; 6:30 p.m.; $250; contact Greta Barnes (202) 765-0285, mbarnes@arthritis.org

10/03 Community of Hope’s ‘Night of Hope’
Event Chair: Dr. Tabari Baker
The Cause: The evening will benefit Community of Hope’s work to end homelessness and improve health for families in the District.
Details: The Potomac View Terrace; 6:30 p.m.; business or cocktail attire; $85; sponsorships start at $1,000; contact Charla Everhart (202) 407-7760, c.everhart@cohdc.org.

10/03 Institute for Policy Studies Letelier-Moffitt Awards
The Cause: The Institute for Policy Studies honors two outstanding champions of human rights who advance justice, peace and dignity for all.
Details: Carnegie Institute of Washington; 5:30 p.m.; $65; sponsorships start at $250; contact Violeta Curiel (202) 787-5237, violeta@ips-dc.org.

10/05 Heroes Curing Childhood Cancer Gala
The Cause: The evening benefits the pediatric cancer programs and research at Children’s National.
Details: Conrad Washington; 7:00 p.m.; black-tie; $500; sponsorships start at $2,000; contact Allison Munoz (301) 565-8424, AGMunoz@childrensnational.org.

10/05 Rock Creek Gala
Event Chairs: David DeSantis and Robin Appia
The Cause: Rock Creek Conservancy’s mission is to restore and protect Rock Creek and its parklands as a natural oasis for the community.
Details: Embassy of New Zealand; 7:00 p.m.; cocktail attire; $300; sponsorships start at $1,500; contact gala@rockcreekconservancy.org.

10/11 AfterDark4THEARC
Event Chairs: Rhona Friedman
The Cause: The annual gala supports the Town Hall Education Arts Recreation Campus and its partners, which host dance and music classes, fine arts and other programming and services for underserved communities.
Details: The Wharf; concert at The Anthem 6:30 p.m., dinner at The Intercontinental 8:30 p.m.; $1,500; sponsorships start at $10,000; contact Beth Sadler (202) 889-5901 x100, BSadler@thearcdc.org.
Highlight: Musical performances from Norah Jones and Katy Perry.

10/12-10/13 Bethesda Row Arts Festival
The Cause: Overnight, Bethesda Row’s Shopping and Entertainment District is transformed into an outdoor art gallery, featuring more than 200 juried fine arts and crafts from artists around the nation. “Art Fair Sourcebook” and “Sunshine Artists” have recognized the event as one the most important in the country
Details: Bethesda Row; Saturday 11 a.m.; Sunday 10 a.m.; contact director@bethesdarowarts.org

10/15 Washington Area Women’s Foundation Leadership Luncheon
The Cause: The Women’s Foundation works to mobilize the local community by providing solutions to eliminate the barriers that disproportionately hinder women and girls from achieving economic security.
Details: Washington Marriott Wardman Park; 11:00 a.m.; $200; sponsorships start at $500; contact (202) 347-7737, info@wawf.org.

The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary of Washington, D.C.’s Fashion Show | October 25 | Robyne Barth, Ricky Ervins, Faye Morrissette and Brian Mitchell | Photographed at The Falls/TTR Sotheby’s International Realty | Touch Ups by Carola Myers Makeup & Hair Artists

10/16 A Wider Circle’s Community Ball
The Cause: The reception marks the gathering of influential leaders who engage in conversations regarding A Wider Circle’s mission to end poverty. Programs focus on the provision of basic need items, workforce development, wraparound support and neighborhood revitalization to alleviate poverty and make long-lasting changes to low-income families.
Details: National Building Museum; 7:00 p.m.; $275; sponsorships start at $1,000; contact Shannon Hawkins (301) 608-3504, shannon@awidercircle.org.

10/16 College Success Foundation – DC’s Breakfast Fundraiser
The Cause: The College Success Foundation – DC provides underserved and local low-income students with the academic, social, emotional, and financial support they need to graduate from college and thrive in life.
Details: Marriott Washington Wardman Park Hotel; 7:30 a.m.; sponsorships start at $2,500; contact (202) 207-1817, events@collegesuccessfoundation.org.

10/16 International Student House of Washington’s Global Leadership Awards Dinner
Event Chairs: Lisa Barry and Chinese Ambassador Cui Tiankai (Diplomatic)
The Cause: The Awards Dinner supports ISH-DC’s mission of providing young scholars and professionals a unique cross-cultural experience that helps them become dynamic global citizens and leaders.
Details: The Whittemore House; 6:15 p.m.; business attire; $400; sponsorships start at $5,000; contact Jill Holcomb (202) 232-4007, jholcomb@ishdc.org.
Highlight: The honorees are Esther Coopersmith, Rep. Rick Larsen and Rep. Mark Meadows.

10/17 – 10/20 Middleburg Film Festival
Details: Contact info@middleburgfilm.org.
Highlights: Four days of carefully curated narrative and documentary film screenings across theater venues in Middleburg, Va.

10/17 Sibley Memorial Hospital Soiree
The Cause: Sibley Memorial Hospital relies on the support of the community to maintain a standard of excellence in public health services, including cancer research, maternal services and joint replacement care.
Details: Embassy of France; 6:30 p.m.; business or cocktail; $100; sponsorships start at $1,000; contact Casey Case (202) 660-6539, ccave@jhmi.edu.

10/18 ARTSFAIRFAX’s annual Arts Awards
The Cause: The event brings together the arts, business and civic communities to celebrate the contributions of artists and organizations for supporting the arts in Fairfax County.
Details: Fairview Park Marriott Hotel; 12:00 p.m.; $250; sponsorships start at $2,500; contact (703) 642-0862, artsawards@artsfairfax.org.

10/18 Fair Chance Butterfly Bash
Event Chairs: Elizabeth Engel, Donnell Kearney and Scott Provinse
The Cause: Proceeds from the event support nonprofit organizations that work with over 80,000 children and low-income families in the nation’s capital.
Details: Washington National Cathedral; 7:00 p.m.; cocktail attire; $200; sponsorships start at $2,500; contact Benjamin Bradburn (202) 467-2428, bbradburn@fairchancedc.org.

Teach for America’s Leadership Changing Lives’ Gala | February 26, 2020 | Olga and Scott Jaeckel | Photographed at the National Portrait Gallery

10/18 The Washington Ballet’s Grand Jeté Soirée
Event Chairs: Ginger Dietrich, Monica Garcia Harms, and Jennie P. McConagha
The Cause: The Women’s Committee of The Washington Ballet will host the season opening celebration with an exclusive preview of dancers performing an excerpt from NEXTsteps.
Details: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Kogod Courtyard; 6:00 p.m.; bold cocktail attire; $350; sponsorships start at $1,000; Emily Magenheimer or Rebecca Soloway, rsvp@washingtonballet.org.
Highlight: The evening will feature cocktails and dinner with company dancers.

10/19 Human Rescue Alliance’s Bark Ball
The Cause: Humane Rescue Alliance, Washington, D.C.’s only animal welfare organization that supports the animals and communities of Washington.
Details: Washington Hilton; 6:00 p.m.; black-tie; $150; sponsorships start at $3,500; contact (202) 735-0324, events@humanerescuealliance.org.

10/19 Catholic Charities-Spanish Catholic Center Gala
The Cause: This annual event supports Catholic Charities’ Spanish Catholic Center, which is celebrating its 51st anniversary as one of the leading service providers to the region’s immigrant population.
Details: Marriott Marquis Washington, 6:00 p.m.; black tie; $500; sponsorships start at $2,000; contact Carmen Joya (202) 772-4334, events@cc-dc.org.

10/19 Best Buddies Friendship Walk
The Cause: Best Buddies International is a nonprofit organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment, leadership development, and inclusive living for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Details: National Mall; 7:30 a.m.; athletic/ casual attire; $10; contact Joanna Hatch for sponsorship opportunities, joannahatch@bestbuddies.org

10/19 Thurgood Marshall College Fund Awards Gala
Event Chair: Charles Merinoff
The Cause: The Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) is the nation’s largest organization exclusively representing publicly-supported Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Predominantly Black Institutions. Through scholarships, capacity building and research initiatives, innovative programs and strategic partnerships TMCF is a vital resource in the K-12 and higher education space.
Details: Washington Marriott Wardman Park; cocktail reception 5:00 p.m., dinner and program 7:15 p.m.; black-tie; $500; contact George F. Spencer (202) 747-7188, george.spencer@tmcf.org.

10/19 Living Classrooms Foundation Night at the Yards
The Cause: The event supports innovative hands-on education and job-training programs provided by Living Classrooms Foundation, which works primarily with youth and young adults living in high-risk environments in the Washington and Baltimore areas.
Details: Anacostia Waterfront; 5:00 p.m.; casual or festival attire; $120; sponsorships start at $2,500; contact Thara Taylor thara@livingclassrooms.org.

10/19 Woolly Mammoth’s Dinner on Stage
The Cause: Woolly Mammoth Theatre is a non-profit organization that serves as an essential research and development role within the American theater.
Details: Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, $525; sponsorships start at $5,000; contact Annalise Aguirre (202) 312-5265, events@wollymammoth.net.

Halycon Awards | September 27 | Gina Davis and Simone Friedman | Photographed at The Falls/ TTR Sotheby’s International Realty | Touch Ups by Carola Myers Makeup & Hair Artists

10/22 Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s ‘Chefs for Equality’
The Cause: Advocating for LGBTQ equality through the support of the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, the largest civil rights organization nationwide.
Details: Washington National Cathedral; 5:30 p.m.; $225; contact chefstickets@hrc.org.

10/22 International Women’s Media Foundation’s Courage in Journalism Awards Dinner
The Cause: IWMF leads efforts that support, protect and recognize female journalists who risk their lives to bring vital stories that would otherwise go unreported.
Details: Newseum; 6:30 p.m.; $500; sponsorships start at $5,000; contact Kaitlin Garthwaite (212) 254-6677, kgarthwaite@inezevents.com.

10/25 Mary’s Center Annual Gala
The Cause: Mary’s Center’s Annual Gala celebrates over three decades of offering quality healthcare, hope, and opportunity to thousands of diverse communities in the region.
Details: Marriott Marquis; 6:30 p.m.; cocktail attire; $365; sponsorships start at $4,000; contact Antonio Caro (202) 594-6632, acaro@maryscenter.org

10/25 Smithsonian National Museum of African Art Dinner
The Cause: The Smithsonian National Museum of African Art Dinner celebrates the diverse arts of Africa and recognizes the important contributions of women who are positively influencing the global arts community.
Details: National Museum of African Art; 6:30 p.m.; fashion forward or national dress; $200; contact (202) 633-3773, NMA-fAAwards@si.edu
Highlights: Njideka Akunyili Crosby and Elias Sime will be honored

10/26 Washington International Horseshow President’s Cup Party
The Cause: The evening benefits the United States Equestrian Team Foundation, which supports competition, training, coaching and educational needs of equestrians across the country.
Details: Stella Lounge VIP Club at Capital One Arena; 6:30 p.m.; cocktail/equestrian chic attire; $150; Mary Helen Shaughnessy maryhelen@wihs.org.
Highlights: Cocktails, dinner and a world class equestrian competition.

10/24 March of Dimes’ Signature Chefs Auction
The Cause: Proceeds go to research, funding, and advocacy programs sponsored by the March of Dimes Foundation.
Details: Marriott Marquis; 6:00 p.m.; business attire; sponsorships start at $5,000; contact Kate Leib (571) 257-2309, kleib@marchofdimes.org.

10/25 Meridian Ball
Event Chairs: Manisha and Roy Kapani
The Cause: The Meridian Ball supports Meridian International Center, a non-partisan diplomatic center that strengthens engagement between the U.S. and the world by developing and connecting global leaders through culture and collaboration.
Details: Meridian House; 9:00 p.m.; black tie; $1,000; sponsorships start at $5,000; contact ‘Olivia Dorieux (202) 939-5892, odorieux@meridian.org.
Highlights: Guests are invited to join one of 35 ambassador-hosted dinners followed by dessert and dancing at the historic Meridian House, as well as a Global Leadership Summit, which will take place earlier in the day.

Choral Arts Society of Washington’s Holiday Concert & Gala | December 16 | Sue and Marty Goodhart; Allison Goodhart Dushuttle | Photographed at The Falls/ TTR Sotheby’s International Realty | Touch Ups by Carola Myers Makeup & Hair Artists

10/25 The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary of Washington, DC’s 70th Anniversary Fashion Show
Event Chair: Robyne Barth; Faye Morissette (Turning Point Liaison)
The Cause: Proceeds support local programs including Turning Point Center, providing assistance to previously homeless young mothers with children, as well as Camp Happyland and a new Anti-Human Trafficking Program.
Details: The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner; 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.; $150; sponsorships start at $505; contact (202) 756-2618.
Highlights: Former NFL player Brian Mitchell will serve as the event emcee.The event will showcase silent and live auctions, including chances to bid on four golf games; each with one golf pro and one of these former NFL players and Washington Redskins: Brian Mitchell, Santana Moss, Ricky Ervins and Rock Cartwright.Visit salvationarmynca.org for more information.

10/26 PEN/Faulkner Gala: RISE UP!
Event Chairs: Willee Lewis (Chair); Lisa Barry, Julie Garcia, Dale LeFebvre, Katherine Stephen, Annie Totah, Jayne Visser (Co-chairs)
The Cause: The PEN/ Faulkner Award for Fiction and Writers in Schools programming.
Details: Katzen Arts Center, American University; 6:30 p.m. cocktails; 7:30 p.m. Dinner program; $600; sponsorships start at $2,000; contact Shahenda Helmy (202) 898-9063, shahenda@penfaulkner.org.

10/26 D.C. Chamber of Commerce Awards & Gala
The Cause: Chamber’s Choice Awards celebrates achievements, innovation, and success in the greater Washington metropolitan area.
Details: National Building Museum; 6:00 p.m.; black-tie; $450; sponsorships start at $5,000; contact Janelle Morris (202) 821-4819, jmorris@dcchambers.org.

10/26 Transformer Silent Auction & Benefit Party
Event Chairs: Lisa Brown and Carole Feld
The Cause: The proceeds support emerging artists and organization’s exhibits.
Details: Corcoran School of the Arts & Design; $200; visit transformerdc.org.
Highlight: 200 original artworks will be available for bidding.

10/27 Mark Twain Prize for American Humor
The Cause: Members of the entertainment community gather to honor the world’s greatest humorists.
Details: Kennedy Center Concert Hall; 5:00 p.m.; business attire; sponsorships start at $1,300; contact (202) 416-8335, mtp@kennedy-center.org.
Highlights: In its 22nd year, the annual event will honor internationally recognized stand-up comedian Dave Chappelle. The taped PBS broadcast will air January 6, 2020.

10/28 J Street Gala
The Cause: The pro-Israel, pro-peace group organizes and mobilizes Americans who want Israel to be secure, democratic and the national home of Jewish people.
Details: Walter E. Washington Convention Center; $300; sponsorships start at $1,800; contact info@jstreet.org.

Meridian Ball | October 25 | Roy and Manisha Kapani | Meridian International Center | Photo by Jeff Mason

NOVEMBER 2019

11/01 Knock Out Abuse Against Women Gala
Event Chairs: Tara Engel and Aba Kwawu
The Cause: Proceeds from the event provide funding for four local beneficiaries who aid survivors of domestic violence.
Details: The Ritz-Carlton, Washington; black-tie; $1,000; knockoutabuse.org.

11/01 National Children’s Museum Opening Celebration Gala
The Cause: The event will support National Children’s Museum and its mission to inspire children to care about and change the world through interactive exhibits exploring science, technology, engineering, art and math.
Details: Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium; 6:00 p.m.; $750; sponsorships start at $7,500; contact Sveta Wilkson swilkson@nationalchildrensmuseum.org.

11/02 Colorectal Cancer Alliance’s ‘Blue Hope Bash’
Event Chairs: Curtis and Amanda Polk; Stan and Nina Snow
The Cause: Proceeds benefit the Colorectal Cancer Alliance and its research, prevention and patient support programs.
Details: Andrew Mellon Auditorium; 6:30 p.m.; festive blue cocktail attire; limited number of VIP tickets available at $1,500; sponsorships start at $7,500; contact Stephanie Marcos-Hanns (202) 628-0123, bluehopebash@ccalliance.org.
Highlight: NBC’s Craig Melvin will emcee the ninth annual event.

11/02 National Italian American Foundation Gala
The Cause: The 44th annual event is dedicated to preserving, promoting and protecting Italian American heritage.
Details: Omni Shoreham Hotel; 5:30 p.m.; $500; sponsorships start at $1,500; contact information@niaf.org.

11/02 Southeast Tennis & Learning Center’s ‘25… And Still We Thrive’ 25-Year Celebration of the Recreation Wish List Committee
Event Chair: Maggie FitzPatrick; Venus and Serena Williams (Honorary)
The Cause: Recognizing the work of the Recreation Wish List Committee and the Southeast Tennis and Learning Center for its impact on young athletes and the community.
Details: Southeast Tennis and Learning Center; 6:00 p.m. reception; 8:00 p.m. (dining, program and dancing); tennis shoes and ties; $250; sponsorships start at $5,000; contact Alfreda V. Davis (202) 297-0445, alfreda.davis@hotmail.com.

11/02 JDRF Gala
The Cause: JDRF raises critical funds for type 1 diabetes (T1D) research to progressively reduce impact on people’s lives.
Details: National Building Museum; 6:00 p.m.; black-tie; $500; sponsorships start at $5,000; contact Stephanie Stuckey (202) 465-4135, sstuckey@jdrf.org.

11/04 Shakespeare Theatre Company Gala
Event Chairs: DeDe and Dallas Lea; Gail and Jeff MacKinnon
The Cause: The gala provides funding for the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s arts education and community engagement programs.
Details: National Building Museum (dinner) and Sidney Harman Hall (performance and dessert); reception and dinner 5:30 p.m., performance 7:45 p.m.; black-tie optional; $1,000; sponsorships start at $10,000; contact Clare Klanderman (202) 547-3230 ext. 2327, STCGala@shakespearetheatre.org.

Inova Honors Dinner | November 15 | Shaza Anderson | Photographed at The Falls/ TTR Sotheby’s International Realty | Touch Ups by Carola Myers Makeup & Hair Artists

11/06 The Honorable William H. Webster Distinguished Service Award Dinner
Event Chairs: Michael Morell and Jill Singer
The Cause: The Spy Museum, a nonprofit organization, educates the public about espionage and intelligence in an engaging way and provides a context that fosters understanding of their important role in and impact on current and historic events.
Details: International Spy Museum; 6:00 p.m.; $595; sponsorships start at $7,500; contact Sofia Morales (202) 654-2853, smorales@spymuseum.org.
Highlight: The evening’s honoree is General Michael V. Hayden.

11/07 MentorPrize ‘Banding Together’ Event
The Cause: The third annual fundraiser will support the organization’s efforts to recruit mentors for disadvantaged youth in the Washington, D.C. region.
Details: Airbus Experience Center, Evening Star Building; 7:00 p.m.; cocktail attire; sponsorships start at $1,000; contact (240) 772-1101, info@mentorprize.org

11/07 Smithsonian Food History Gala
The Cause: To support the ongoing research, collecting and programs of Smithsonian’s Food History programming and exhibitions.
Details: National Museum of American History; 6:30 p.m.; black-tie; $500; sponsorships start at $2,500; contact Kari Fantasia (202) 633-3302, FantasiaKa@si.edu.
Highlight: Chef José Andrés will be honored as the 2019 recipient of the Julia Child Award.

11/08 American Red Cross “In the Bag” Auction
The Cause: A silent auction of designer handbags benefiting the American Red Cross
Details: Hilton McLean Tysons Center; $50; contact Channell Hogan (703) 967-8695, channell.hogan@redcross.org

11/08 American Veterans Ball
The Cause: The goal of the American Veterans Ball is to connect past and present military professionals to the future leaders of America.
Details: MGM National Harbor; 5:00 p.m.; $100.; contact (540)-288-7100,
avb2019@americansveteransball.org.

11/09 Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s ‘Celebrate Every Breath’ Gala
The Cause: The event will benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, which funds research and drug development, promotes individualized treatments, and ensures access to high-quality, specialized care.
Details: Conrad Hotel; 6:30 p.m.; $1,500 per ticket pair; sponsorships start at $5,000; contact Chelsea Director (301) 215-7428, cdirector@cff.org.

11/09 DC’s Dancing Stars Gala
Event Chairs: Maria Coakley David and Jim David
The Cause: Dancers and local celebrities compete for a $10,000 grand prize awarded to a charity of their choice.
Details: Four Seasons Hotel; 6:00 p.m.; black-tie; $195; sponsorships start at $500; contact Maria Coakley David (703) 593-8791, mcdavid@cjcoakley.com.

Joan Hisaoka ‘Make a Difference’ Gala | September 21 | Bob Hisaoka and Dana Hines | Photographed at The Falls/ TTR Sotheby’s International Realty

11/09 S.O.M.E. (So Others Might Eat) Gala
Event Chair: Thomas Kuhn and Suzanne Clark (Auction chair)
The Cause: Proceeds support SOME’s affordable housing programs for homeless and low income families.
Details: National Building Museum; 6:00 p.m.; $400; sponsorships start at $1,000; contact Ingrid Feigenbaum (202) 750-3738, ifeigenbaum@some.org.

11/10 Flicks4Change Film Festival
The Cause: Flicks4Change unites difference makers with those that want to make a difference through the screening of socially conscious short films from around the globe.
Details: Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center; 1:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m.; $20; contact James Hawthorn james@flicks4change.org; visit flicks4change.org for more information.

11/10 Academy of United States Veterans’ Veterans Day Gala
Event Chairs: Maj. Gen. Arnold Punaro (Honorary)
The Cause: The Academy of United States Veterans Foundation is a non-profit organization that encourages a unified veterans community.
Details: Army Navy Country Club; 5:00 p.m.; black-tie optional; $300 ($150 for active duty military); sponsorships start at $1,000; contact Theresa Rudacille (703) 591-4965, marketing@cause-usa.org.

11/13 National Archives’ Records of Achievement Award
The Cause: The National Archives Foundation will name Cokie Roberts as its 2019 award recipient in recognition of her commitment to chronicling the American story as an award-winning journalist, historian, political commentator and bestselling author.
Details: National Archives, $500; sponsorships start at $50,000; contact Rachel Colombana (202) 357-5229, rachel.colombana@archivesfoundation.org.

11/14 Fight Night 2019
Event Chair: David Fensterheim (chairman of Fight For Children and trustee of the Joseph E. Robert Charitable Trust)
The Cause: Fight Night supports the critical work of Fight For Children, whose mission is to ensure quality youth sports programming in high-need communities throughout Washington, D.C.
Details: Washington Hilton; 6:00 p.m. – 1:30 a.m.; black-tie; tables starting at $10,500; sponsorships start at $35,000; contact Judy Wrench (202) 772-0417, judy.wrench@FightForChildren.org.
Highlight: Fight Night is celebrating 30 years in 2019.

11/14 Lab School of Washington Gala
Event Chairs: Jennifer and Michael E.G. Miller; Caroline and Liam Coakley
The Cause: All funds raised will go towards financial aid for students and professional development opportunities for the Lab School’s educators.
Details: National Building Museum; 6:00 p.m.; $275; sponsorships start at $7,500; contact Dia Ruocco (202) 944-2204, dia.ruocco@labschool.org.
Highlight: This year’s event theme is “Our Educators, Our Stars” and will highlight the work of the school’s faculty using a “starry night” motif.

11/15 Stage Performance: You Need to Know This: The Lesson of Jan Karski
The Cause: A stage performance by Oscar-nominated actor David Strathairn honoring one of the school’s beloved professors, Jan Karski. The performance will include a conversation with former Georgetown University President Leo O’Donovan, S.J. (C’56), about his relationship with Professor Karski. The performance will be followed by a student and alumni networking reception.
Details: Georgetown University; 4:30 p.m.; contact Phoebe Koenigsberg, pbw7@georgetown.edu

11/15 Inova Honors Dinner
Event Chairs: Shaza Anderson and Laurie Peterson
The Cause: An evening with the Inova Stars to recognize three outstanding teams of healthcare professionals and clinicians who always put patients and families first while serving our community.
Details: The Ritz-Calton, Tysons Corner; 6:00 p.m.; cocktail attire; $500; sponsorship starts at $3,000; contact Kara Burke (703) 289-2077, Kara.Burke@inova.org.

11/15 Mentor International’s 25th Year Anniversary
Honorary Committee: Swedish Ambassador Karin Olofsdotter; Bulgarian Ambassador Tihomir Stoytchev and Ambassador of Monaco Maguy Maccario Doyle
The Cause: All proceeds will benefit Mentor Foundation USA, empowering young people to live healthy and productive lives, free of drugs. The event will also celebrate the work of Mentor International and its affiliates around the world – 25 years of impacting more than six million youth in over 80 countries.
Details: Embassy of Sweden; VIP reception 6:00 p.m.; dinner and dancing 7:00 p.m.; black-tie optional; $200; sponsorships start at $2,500; contact (571) 458-7050, melissa@mentorfoundationusa.org,.
Highlight: Her Highness Princess Sora Saud will be the evening’s special guest of honor.

11/16 Stubborn Problems and Ingenious Solutions: SFS Looks at the 21st Century
The Cause: Join us for a series of conversations where prominent alumni, faculty, and guests will discuss the most urgent issues facing the world—the prevention of war, climate change, forced migration, the future of democracy, women in global affairs, and much more. Two plenary sessions and two breakout sessions (one including lunch) will feature Secretary Madeleine Albright (P’87, P’94), George Tenet (SFS’76, P’10),Secretary Chuck Hagel, Ambassador Donald McHenry (PHD’64, H’81), NPR journalist Lulu Garcia-Navarro (SFS’94), and many others still to be announced!
Details: Georgetown University; 9:00 a.m.; contact Phoebe Koenigsberg, pbw7@georgetown.edu

11/16 Centennial Gala
The Cause: In the evening, celebrate our hundredth anniversary with a commemorative Gala at the National Building Museum featuring a black-tie seated dinner. The festivities will include a conversation on the future of foreign affairs with President Bill Clinton (SFS’68)and other special guests.
Details: National Building Museum; 6:30 p.m.; contact Phoebe Koenigsberg, pbw7@georgetown.edu

11/16 Capital Caring’s ‘Passion for Caring’ Gala
Event Chairs: Sharon and Donn Davis; Danni and Dave Lougee
The Cause: The annual celebration recognizes Capital Caring’s ongoing efforts to improve care for those facing life limiting illness and all proceeds benefit the Pediatric Hospice and Palliative Care Program, one of the oldest and largest in the country.
Details: The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner; 5:30 p.m.; cocktail attire; $400; sponsorships start at $5,000; contact Katie Tran-Lam (703) 531-2386, ktranlam@capitalcaring.org.

A Vintage Affair, a Night of Fine Wine & Food Pairings Benefitting Children’s National | March 7, 2020 | Kathie Williams, Executive Director | Photographed at The Falls/ TTR Sotheby’s International Realty

11/16 Atlas Corps ‘Diversity and Inclusion’ Gala
The Cause: Atlas Corps is an international network of social change leaders that promotes innovation, cooperation, and solutions to address worldly problems.The annual celebration celebrates diversity and inclusion.
Details: Eaton DC Hotel; black-tie optional; $250; sponsorships start at $2,500; contact Abby Robinson abby@atlascorp.com.
Highlight: Dr. Rohini Anand will be the Atlas Corps Global Changemaker honoree.

11/16-17 MetroCooking DC
The Cause: The two-day culinary event is comprised of cooking demonstrations and workshops, celebrity chef book signings, local restaurant tastings and exhibitions from a variety of food-related vendors.
Details: Walter E. Washington Convention Center; sponsorships start at $5,000; Arlene Davis (301) 493-5500, arlene.davis@ejkrause.com.
Highlight: Taste talks and meet and greet opportunities with Wolfgang Puck and Martha Stewart.

11/17 National Portrait Gallery’s American Portrait Gala
Event Chairs: Randi Charno Levine and Jeffrey Levine; Joseph P. Ujobai and Eduardo Ardiles (National Chairs); Kristin and John Cecchi; Susanna and Jack Quinn (Washington, D.C. Chairs): Wayne and Catherine Reynolds (American Portrait Gala Founding Chairs)
The Cause: The American Portrait Gala was established in 2015 to strengthen the National Portrait Gallery’s endowment for exhibitions and to focus attention on the museum’s work with living sitters and contemporary artists.
Details: Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery; 7:00 p.m.; black-tie; $5,000; sponsorships start at $50,000; contact (202) 633-8309, NPG_Gala.si.edu.
Highlight: This year’s honorees include Frances Arnold, Jeffrey P. Bezos, Earth, Wind & Fire, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Indra Nooyi and Anna Wintour.

11/19 March of Dimes’ Heroines of Washington
Event Chairs: Jennifer Felix and Ann Addison
The Cause: An evening honoring women for their community service in the Washington metropolitan area. Proceeds go toward decreasing infant mortality rates in the community and ensuring the healthy and happy lives for babies.
Details: The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner; 6:00 p.m.; black-tie; $300; contact Bevan Bello (571) 257-2300, bbello@marchofdimes.org.

11/22 Found in Translation: Art and Seoul
The Cause: The Freer|Sackler invites friends and supporters to join artists, musicians, tastemakers, and philanthropists to our second annual fundraiser, Found in Translation: Art and Seoul. Join us in celebrating the surprise and delight of exploring Seoul, South Korea, at night.
Details: Freer Gallery of Art; 8:00 p.m.; $150; sponsorships start at $5,000; contact fs-found@sl.edu

11/23 Georgetown Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Lombardi Gala
Event Chairs: Bruce Merlin Fried and Lisa Hill; Jerry and Catherine Castro; DeMaurice Smith (Honorary)
The Cause: Proceeds from the gala will fund world-class research and treatment programs at Georgetown Lombardi.
Details: The Ritz-Carlton, Washington; 6:30 p.m.; black-tie; $750; sponsorships start at $5,000; contact Sharon Courtin, (202) 687-3866, sc830@georgetown.edu.

11/23 National Kidney Foundation’s Kidney Ball
The Cause: The event raises money for the treatment and prevention of Kidney Disease, as well as research grants.
Details: Washington Hilton; $500; sponsorships start at $2,500; contact Jaime Ritacco jaime.ritacco@kidney.org.

Northern Virginia Therapeutic Riding Program’s Ride to Thrive Polo Classic | September 28 | Will Thomas and Sherrie Beckstead | Photographed at The Falls TTR Sotheby’s International Realty | Touch ups by Carola Myers Makeup & Hair Artists

DECEMBER 2019

12/04 The Washington Business Hall of Fame Gala
Event Chair: Susan Lacz
The Cause: The Washington Business Hall of Fame honors outstanding business leaders and entrepreneurs who have made a significant contribution to the quality of life in Washington. The event benefits Junior Achievement of Greater Washington, a non-profit group providing innovative financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship K-12 programs designed to inspire and empower young people.
Details: The Anthem; 5:30 p.m.; black-tie; $1,000; sponsorships start at $10,000; contact Lauren Meltzer, (202) 777-4480, Lauren.Meltzer@JA.org.

12/06 Imagination Stage’s Winter Ball
The Cause: The event supports the multidisciplinary theatre arts organization for young people in the Washington metropolitan region.
Details: The Embassy of Italy; 7:00 p.m.; creative black-tie; $150; sponsorships start at $1,000; contact Jessica Teaford (301) 280-1626, jteaford@imaginationstage.org.

12/08 Kennedy Center Honors
Details: Kennedy Center Opera House; black-tie; contact honors@kennedy-center.org. Highlights: Artists to be honored in 2019: Earth, Wind & Fire, Sally Field, Linda Ronstadt, Sesame Street and Michael Tilson Thomas.

12/08 The Washington Ballet’s Nutcracker Tea Party
Event Chairs: Olga Jaeckel and Hanane Lemlih
The Cause: Proceeds from The Nutcracker Tea Party support the education and community engagement programs of The Washington School of Ballet, which is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year.
Details: The Willard Intercontinental Hotel; 11:00 a.m and 3:00 p.m.; high tea attire; $285; sponsorships start at $1,000; contact Emily Magenheimer or Rebecca Soloway rsvp@washingtonballet.org.
Highlight: The holiday tradition includes a ticket to “The Nutcracker” at Warner Theatre as well as a tea party with an array of teas, sandwiches and scones. The event will feature a “Land of Sweets” candy bar.

12/15 Light Up The Season
The Cause: This family-friendly holiday event hosted by the Children’s Health Board supports the mission of Children’s National and advances the health and well-being of children in our community.
Details: Four Seasons Washington, DC; 1 PM; festive attire; $85 (adult); $50 (child); sponsorships start at $500; contact Allison Munoz (301) 565-8424, AGMunoz@childrensnational.org.

12/16 Choral Arts Society of Washington’s Holiday Concert & Gala
Event Chairs: Sue and Marty Goodhart, Allison Goodhart DuShuttle and Doug DuShuttle, Amanda and Ben Popeck; German Amb. Emily Haber and Mr. Hansjörg Haber (Honorary Patrons)
The Cause: This holiday-season highlight supports education programs and public outreach through music as well as Choral Arts’ world-class performances.
Details: The Kennedy Center; 7:00 p.m.; black-tie; $675; sponsorships start at $8,000; contact Regina Burgher (202) 244-3669, rburgher@choralarts.org.

 

Capital Caring’s Passion for Caring Gala | November 16 | Danni and Dave Lougee; Sharon and Donn Davis | Photographed at The Falls/ TTR Sotheby’s International Realty | Touch Ups by Carola Myers and Makeup & Hair Artists

JANUARY 2020

1/09 Washington Winter Show Preview Night
The Cause: The Washington Winter Show benefits at-risk children and families through services provided by Bishop John T. Walker School for Boys, THEARC, and The Founders Board of St. John’s Community Services.
Details: The Katzen Arts Center; cocktail or business attire; $1,000; sponsorships start at $2,500; contact Jonathon Willen (202) 248-7159, jon@jonathongwillen.com.

1/18 Russian Ball            

Event Chairs: Paul and Irina du Quenoy                                                                                                                                                                               The Cause: The Russian Ball is the leading heritage event celebrating Washington’s Russian community.
Details: Private social club; 6:30 p.m.; black-tie, white-tie or national costume; $295; sponsorships start at $550; contact therussianball@gmail.com.

1/18 Academy of United States Veterans Foundation VETTY Awards
The Cause: The Academy of United States Veterans Foundation is a non-profit organization promoting and recognizing veterans’ projects.
Details: Warner Theatre; $150; contact Terumi Leon terumi@vettys.org.

Wolf Trap Ball | September 14 | Gouri Mirpuri and Singapore Ambassador Ashok Mirpuri; Annie and Patrick Pacious; Manjula Pindiprolu and Srikant Sastry | Photographed at The Falls/ TTR Sotheby’s International Realty | Touch ups by Carola Myers Makeup & Hair Artists

FEBRUARY 2020

2/04 Alvin Ailey American Dance Opening Night Gala Benefit
The Cause: Proceeds support Ailey’s local D.C. programs, Arts In Education activities and scholarships to talented young dance students in the Washington area to attend The Ailey School in New York.
Details: The Kennedy Center; 7:00 p.m.; black-tie; contact Ariel Metzger (888) 926-3836, ariel@metzgerevents.com.

2/22 Chance for Life’s Poker Tournament & Taste Experience
The Cause: Proceeds directly support groundbreaking local clinical trials and research projects to end childhood cancer through Children’s National Medical System and Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation.
Details: MGM National Harbor; poker tournament 11:00 a.m. ($1,000); Taste experience – 6:30 p.m. ($500); Vegas cocktail attire; sponsorships start at $10,000 (poker), $5,000 (taste); contact Maria Booker maria@chanceforlife.net.

2/26 Teach for America’s ‘Leadership Changing Lives’ Gala
Event Chairs: Carol and John Boochever; Olga and Scott Jaeckel
The Cause: The event benefits Teach For America leaders whose efforts pave the way for educational equity for all children.
Details: The Ritz-Carlton; 6:30 p.m.; cocktail attire; $1,000; sponsorships start at $10,000; contact Cierra Hinton, Cierra.hinton@teachforamerica.org.

Southeast Tennis & Learning Center ’25…and Still We Thrive’ 25-Year Celebration of the Recreation Wish List Committee | November 2 | Cora Masters Barry and Maggie Fitzpatrick | Photographed at the Southeast Tennis and Learning Center

MARCH 2020

3/07 A Vintage Affair: A Night of Fine Wine & Food Pairings Benefiting Children’s National
Executive Director: Kathie Williams
The Cause: Proceeds support The Board of Visitors of Children’s National’s Annual Grants and Major Gift Program that help doctors, nurses and staff at Children’s National develop and sustain cutting-edge research, innovations, treatments and programs to serve the children treated at this world-class institution.
Details: Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium; 6:30 p.m.; cocktail attire; $400; sponsorships start at $5,000; contact Kathie Williams (202) 660-1428, KWilliams@boardofvisitors.com.

3/07 Cystic Fibrosis Brewer’s Ball
The Cause: The event will benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, which funds research and drug development, promotes individualized treatments, and ensures access to high-quality, specialized care.
Details: National Building Museum; 7:00 p.m.; cocktail attire; contact Chelsea Director (301) 657-8444, cdirector@cff.org
Highlight: The event hosts over 40 craft breweries and bites from 30 restaurants.

Children’s Ball | Dr. Kurt Newman | President and Chief Executive Officer, Children’s National | April 18, 2020

3/10 N Street Village Gala
Event Chairs: Hillary and Tom Baltimore; Erika and A. Scott Bolden
The Cause: N Street Village is a nonprofit that empowers homeless and low-income women to claim their highest quality of life through shelter and a variety of programming.
Details: Marriott Marquis; 5:30 p.m.; business attire; $600; sponsorships start at $5,000; contact Stuart Allen (202) 939-2085, sallen@nstreetvillage.org

3/11 Vital Voices Global Leadership Awards
The Cause: The awards program honors women leaders standing on the frontlines of change, building and amplifying local solutions to global issues.
Details: John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts; contact MariaDavis@vitalvoices.org.

3/15 National Cancer Research Foundation’s Daffodils & Diamonds Luncheon and Fashion Show
The Cause: The National Cancer Research Foundation funds “high risk, high reward” research with a singular focus on research to cure cancer.
Details: Columbia Country Club; visit nfcr.org.

3/28 Sibley Memorial Hospital Foundation’s 19th Celebration of Hope and Progress 

The Cause: Sibley Memorial Hospital relies on the support of the community to maintain a standard of excellence in public health services, including cancer research, maternal services and joint replacement care.

Details: Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium; 6:30 p.m.; black-tie; $500; sponsorships start at $2,500; contact Kristen Pruski (202) 660-6814, kpruski@jhmi.edu.

 

Lab School of Washington Gala | November 14 | Jennifer Miller and Caroline Coakley | Photographed at the Wardman Tower Residences

APRIL 2020

DATE TBA An Evening To Benefit Innocents at Risk
Event Chairs: Yasmine and Omar Askalani
The Cause: The evening benefits Innocents at Risk’s mission to combat child trafficking.
Details: Location TBA; 7:00 p.m.; black-tie; $500; sponsorships start at $1,250; contact the office of Innocents at Risk (202) 625-4338 or visit innocentsatrisk.org.

4/4 The Orchestra of the Americas Awards Gala
Event Chairs: Carol Grefenstette Bates and David Bates
The Cause: Celebrate alongside 2020 honorees Carolina Herrera and Paquito D’Rivera the work of The Orchestra of the Americas Group, empowering exceptional rising musicians across the Western Hemisphere to transform lives and communities.
Details: The Four Seasons Hotel; 6:30 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.; cocktail attire; tickets $450; table sponsorship starts at $10,000; contact Helen Cooney (703) 236-0010, hcooney@orchestraoftheamericas.org.

Highlight: Live auction of ultra-exclusive vacation homes, grammy-winning musical performances, & latin dancing.

4/17 National Museum of Women in the Arts’ Spring Gala
Event Chairs: Lauren Talarico Cohen and Ashley Davis
The Cause: Proceeds from the event support the museum’s special exhibitions, educational programs, and public engagement initiatives.
Details: National Museum of Women in the Arts; 6:30 p.m.; black-tie; ticket price TBA; sponsorships begin at $15,000; contact Fiona Murray (202) 266-2815, fmurray@nmwa.org.

4/18 Dancing After Dark
Event Chairs: Rob Barcellona and Katharine Hayes
The Cause: The event builds critical support for the mission of Children’s National including medical care, research and advocacy for children.
Details: The Anthem and District Pier; 8 PM; cocktail attire; $150; sponsorships start at $500; contact Kaitlyn Salazar (301) 565-8560, KSalazar@childrensnational.org.

National Symphony Orchestra Season-Opening Gala | September 28 | Anne E. Altman, Daniel S. Pelino and L. Patrick Chauvin | Photographed at The Reach, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

4/18 Children’s Ball
Executive Committee: Amy Baier, Brigg Bunker, Marcy Cohen, Jean-Marie Fernandez, Mae Grennan, Cindy Jones, Thomas Lloyd, Carrie Marriott and Toni Verstandig
The Cause: The Children’s Ball builds critical support for the mission of Children’s National including medical care, research and advocacy for children. The 2020 Children’s Ball will celebrate Children’s National’s 150th Birthday.
Details: The Anthem and District Pier; 6:00 p.m.; black-tie; sponsorships start at $15,000; contact Jen Fleming (301) 565-8530, JBFleming2@childrensnational.org.

4/22 Lombardi Women
Event Chairs: Janet Davis and Barbara McDuffie
The Cause: The event supports breast cancer research at Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Details: The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner; 5:30 p.m.; business attire; $500; sponsorships start at $5,000; contact Sharon Courtin, (202) 687-3866, sc830@georgetown.edu.

4/25 Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic Evening of Wishes
Event Chairs: Mike and Laura Manatos
The Cause: Evening of Wishes benefits Make-A-Wish® Mid-Atlantic. The annual event helps the organization fulfill its mission of creating life-changing wishes for local children with critical illnesses.
Details: The Ritz Carlton, Washington; 6:00 p.m.; black-tie optional; $500; sponsorships start at $5,000; contact Kelsey Yates kyates@midatlantic.wish.org.

4/25 Children’s Inn “Evening for Hope”
The Cause: The Children’s Inn at the National Institute of Health is a non-profit resident “place like home” for ill children and their families to stay free of charge while participating in groundbreaking medical treatments at the NIH.
Details: The Ritz Carlton, Tysons Corner; 6:00 p.m.; black-tie; $800; sponsorships start at $2,500; contact communications@childrensinn.org

Hillwood Estate, Museum & Garden’s Gala | June 2020 | Donna Roberts, Mark Lowham and Kathryn Vigé Hicks | Photographed at Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens

MAY 2020

EARLY MAY CityDance DREAM Gala 2020
Event Chair: Paul Wharton
Board Chair: Kay Kendall
The Cause: Proceeds support CityDance’s award-winning DREAM program- an after-school program that provides dance classes and performance opportunities; mentoring and tutoring to students from the District’s most underserved communities.
Details: The Lincoln Theatre; afterparty location TBD; 8:00 p.m.; creative cocktail attire; $250; sponsorships start at $1,000; contact Larkin Cohan (202) 347-3909, dreamgala@citydance.net.

5/05 National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s ‘On the Move’ Luncheon
The Cause: Proceeds support the treatment, research and other programs for patients or families affected by multiple sclerosis.
Details: Wardman Park Hotel; 12:00 p.m.; $150; sponsorships start at $3,000; contact Amanda Herman (202) 375-5620, Amanda.herman@nmss.org.
Highlight: The event will feature key note speaker Ardra Shehard, writer of the frank and funny blog “Tripping on Air” about living with Multiple Sclerosis.

5/08 The Washington Ballet Gala
Event Chairs: Ashley Taylor Bronczek and Sara Lange
The Cause: The evening supports arts and education programs and productions of The Washington Ballet. This year’s gala will celebrate the artistic excellence found in The Washington Ballet’s Company and School; bringing the joy and artistry of dance to all eight wards of our city.
Details: The Anthem; 7:00 p.m.; bold black-tie; $1,000; sponsorships start at $2,500; contact Emily Magenheimer or Rebecca Soloway rsvp@washingtonballet.org.
Highlight: This year’s gala theme is “The Washington Ballet Takes Center Stage.”

5/14 Prevent Cancer Foundation Gala
The Cause: The nonprofit organization is solely dedicated to cancer prevention and early detection.
Details: Location TBD

An Evening to Benefit Innocents at Risk | April 2020 | Omar and Yasmine Askalani | Photographed at the Askalani Residence

JUNE 2020

6/02 Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens ‘Roaring Twenties’ Gala
Event Chairs: Kathryn Vigé Hicks, Mark Lowham, Donna Roberts and Shannon Stichman
The Cause: The event supports the Hillwood Museum’s ongoing efforts to share Marjorie Merriweather Post’s cultural legacy with the public.
Details: Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens; 6:30 p.m.; black-tie; $500; sponsorships start at $1,000; contact Allison Kingery (202) 243-3974, akingery@hillwoodmuseum.org.

Mentor International’s 25th Anniversary | November 15 | Swedish Ambassador Karin Olofsdotter; Bulgarian Ambassador Tihomir Stoytchev and Monaco Ambassador Maguy Maccario Doyle | Photographed by Naku Mayo at the Meridian International Center

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